Regional Overview: Africa
20-26 September 2020

Last week in Africa, Kenyan and Somali forces clashed following a Kenyan military incursion into Somalia; secessionist violence was reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, and Ghana; and anti-government demonstrations were reported in Egypt and Cameroon. The killing of three civilians by Kenyan state forces in Somalia’s Gedo region prompted large anti-Kenya demonstrations…

Regional Overview: Africa
12-18 July 2020

Last week in Africa, Al Shabaab launched a failed assassination attempt on the chief of the Somali National Army; Ambazonian separatists engaged in high profile attacks against civilians in Cameroon; and voter registration prompted violence in Ghana. In Somalia, Al Shabaab staged a failed assassination attempt on Somali National Army chief General Odawaa Yusuf Rageh…

Regional Overview: Africa
5-11 April 2020

Last week, heavy fighting continued in the Sahel, as Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM) militants staged successful operations against state forces and the rival Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS). Insurgents in Cabo Delgado continued to make gains in Mozambique. Meanwhile, Nigerian, Nigerien, and Chadian forces launched extensive operations to dislodge Boko Haram from…

Missed Expectations and Disorder: The Dilemma of Political Response to Disasters

Natural disasters — such as hurricanes, floods, and tsunamis — are often used as an impetus for massive policy shifts and redistribution of state resources. Often, sudden changes of government expenditure may contribute to public frustration, particularly when a state’s response to an emergency is seen as ineffective. Indeed, a commonly cited cause for public…

Regional Overview – Africa 30 June 2018

The most notable trend in Africa on the week of July 22nd was the rise in violence involving Islamist militants across a number of countries. In Somalia, Al Shabaab carried out multiple operations across southern regions. The group claimed responsibility for several IED and grenade explosions targeting government officials and troops in Mogadishu, Baidoa, Belet…